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Thursday, November 18, 1999 Published at 22:51 GMT


Shipman trial adjourns for a week

Dr Harold Shipman denies all charges

The trial of the Greater Manchester doctor Harold Shipman has been adjourned for a week.

The Shipman Trial
The prosecution is expected to complete its case next Thursday and the trial is expected to finish in the New Year.

Harold Shipman, who has a surgery in Hyde, denies murdering 15 of his patients and forging the will of one of them.

Before adjourning, the trial heard a patient say he never received the diamorphine the doctor was said to have prescribed for him.

Leonard Fallows told the jury at Preston Crown Court that Shipman visited him on 27 August, 1993, after he suffered a severe asthma attack and was admitted to hospital.

But he had no knowledge of a prescription for 30mg of diamorphine which police later showed him, he said.

"When he came to my house I wasn't given any medication or a prescription by Dr Shipman," said Mr Fallows.

Mr Fallows is one of more than 20 patients for whom the prosecution says Shipman prescribed diamorphine which they did not receive, or which they were given in smaller doses than specified.

The Crown alleges Dr Shipman used morphine or diamorphine - the clinical name for heroin - to murder 15 of his women patients.

Dr Shipman, 53, of Roe Cross Green, Mottram, near Hyde, Greater Manchester, denies murdering the women and forging the £386,000 will of one of them.

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